TEXT OF THB SPEECH MADE BY
MYRON C. FAGAN FROM THE STAGE
OF THE EL PATIO. THEATRE AFTER
THE OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE
OF "THIEVES PARADISE" ON MON-
DAY, APRIL 12, 1948.
'Tonight, my frisnde, you shall hear about Com.
murium In Hollywood that will shock you Into a full
realization of what a menace these traitors are to the
safety of America.
As most of you know, the re-opening of "Thieves
Paradise" here Instead of in New York was prompted
by the determination of the courageous American
women who organized "Citizens United for American
Principles" for the distinct purpose of proving to the
Hollywood Communists and their despicable patsy-
waiaies that they cannot control the legitimate
The Iron Ring
But not until I began to organize for the re-opening
of "Thieves Paradise" did I become fully aware what
an Iron ring the Commies have welded around the
Motion Picture Studios and the Broadcasting Stations.
The moment I announced my intention to re-open
they came roaring out of their rat holes with one
cry: "Stop 'Thlsves Paradise' at all costs!" Why?
Because this Is the first and only anti-Communist
play to appear on th* stage — and they fully realize
that If this play survives their sabotage It will break
their hold— it will stiffen the spines of the Studio
heads — it will encourage other playwrights to start a
cycle of anti-Communist plays and films. And the
pressure they applied against me this time was far
greater than the first time. And they were arrogant-
ly positive that they would make it impossible for
me to re-open. Likewise they had everybody in thi
profession convinced that I would never be able to
re-open. Theatre owners demanded cash in advance
for two weeks of all operational costs. Even John
Huber, the man who publishes the regular program
for alt the theaters demanded that 1 put up the cost
of printing the Playgoer to insure him against loss —
that's why you do not see the Playgoer in this theater
tonight. Agents bluntly told me they would not or
couid not permit their actors to appear in this play,
I have had to comb, literally, thru the entire actor
colony in Hollywood to find eight actors — and under-
studies — with enough courage and American spirit to
(Wv the thrrats of the Commies that It would mean
the end of their careers If they dared to appear in
Club Women Aroused
To give you a clear, but by no means a complete
picture of how J eeply the Commies have entrenched
themselves in Hollywood, 1 will go back to the day
after they forced the closing of "Thieves Paradise"
last New Year's Eve: 1 was preparing to leave for
New York when a prominent Club woman called
me on the phone and asked me to hold my departure
In abeyance for a few days — she was very anxious
to have me meet a group of Presidents of Women's
Clubs and tell them exactly what had happened. She
told me how she had been fighting Communism in
Hollywood for 20 years — and what an uphill fight it
had been. Of course, I promptly agreed to meet with
her- — and help, if I could. When I met these women
i was deeply moved by their grand and unselfish
Americanism. They urged me to re-open "Thieves
Paradise" right here In Hollywood in defiance of the
Reds — and they promised me the support of the full
■membership of their Clubs. I hesitated. I had just
been thru a very tough and grueling experience — and
I knew how much tougher It would be to re-open.
They continued to urge me — and then proposed to
hold a luncheon meeting two weeks later at which
they would assemble at least another hundred presi-
dents of other Women's clubs who would also sup-
port the re- opening — and make that re-opening the
breach into the Red stronghold. I agreed to listen
some more. Now I come to my most startling dis-
covery — of how the Studio heads themselves actually
protect the Communists In the industry.
Reign of Terror in Hollywood
They had asked me to get a Movie "celebrity"' to
attend this meeting— to speak on "Communism in
Hollywood." Preferably one of those men who had
gone to Washington to appear before the Thomas
Committee. 1 spoke to at least a dozen men, all old
frlendB, men who had worked in my plays and
pictures — and all staunch Americans. One by one.
they all "reluctantly" turned me down. It puzzled
me. Finally one of them gave me the true reason for
all these turndowns.
Shortly after that the Thomas investigation fizzled
out, and the "friendly witnesses" returned from
Washington, a strict but secret order had grapevined
its way thru all the Agents' offices that anybody no
matter how big a personality, who would dare to talk
about Communism In the iVotlon Picture Industry
would be blacklisted out of Hollywood! This state
ment came from a star who commands $100,000 per
picture! At this time I won't mention his name be-
'caaise if 1 do he will be through. But I am willing,
if called upon, to give that name in strict confidence
'.o J. Edgar Hoover. However. I could hardly believe
what I heard. I Immediately put the ouestion to one
of the Studio heads and. after I pledged myself not
to divulge his name, he confirmed that statement, and
then proceeded to vindicate tha* stand by the "Gods
of the Industry." He pointed out that Studios had
millions of dollars Invested in such stars an Katherlna
Hepburn, Gene Kelley, John Garfield, Myrna Loy. etc.,
etc.. whose values would be aestroyed if their nnme3
w-re publicly linked with Communism.
Movie Colony Founded on Reds
"Do you mean to tell me,*' 1 demanded, "that the
Louis B. Mayers, the Harry Warners, the Schenka
and the David Selznicks are deliberately fostering
Communism in the picture industry — and allowing
those rats to poison the minds of our youth Just to
save their lousy dollars?"
"Oh, no!" replied this executive, "but we are in a
tough spot which you can't seem to understaTd. We
have a great many brilliant minds in our industry,
great actors, great writers, great directors. It's true,
unfortunately, that some are communlstically inclined,
but we could not survive without them."
"Weil, my friend." I retorted, "all t can say is that
If the motion picture Industry cannot survive without
.hose rats, then the motion picture Industry has no
right to survive."
At this point I will show you just how far these
Studio heads go to protect these "communlstically
inclined" enemies of America — and, 'n turn, punish
others for their Americanism.
Katherine Hepburn, an
Katherine Hepburn's love for Joe Stalin la no secret.
However, she is coming out In "State of the Union."
MGM has long been Jittery about what would happen
to that picture unless something was done to white-
wash that young woman. So one of the big shots sold
Fulton Lewis a bill of goods that little Miss Hepburn
has decided to repent and recant. One of the things
she io supposed to have repented of and recanted is
her now famous — or shall we say, infamous? speech
on behalf of Mister Henry A. Wallace in which she
denounced "the Thomas Congressional investigating
Committee and— quote "All their ilk" unquote; and
the Tenney Committee and — quote "all their Ilk"
This MGM executive told Mr. Lewis that Miss Hep-
burn had been drawn into delivering that speech by
very dear friends at the last moment, that she was
naturally a very impetuous little woman and had
acquiesced Without stopplnn to think— and thus ill
advisedly read a speech written and prepared by
Naturally Mr. Lewis accepted that statement, com-
ing from such a man, in good faith — and announced
the story In one of his broadcasts.
But a short time later Mr. Lewis learned that that
MGM gentleman had deliberately lied! He also
learned that upon hearing the broadcast Miss Heo-
burn had furiously denounced- all the heads of MGM.
He also learned that MIu Hepburn had herself writ-
ten that speech — and had deliberately an-f defiantly
worn a red dress to emphasize Her speech. Can MOM
deny the truth of this story? To further emphasize
the fact that Mlaa Hepburn neither repents nor re-
cants, Edith Gwynne of the Hollywood Reporter has
announced that Miss Hepburn is going to stump for
the confused and bewildered Henry to become the
President of the United States— dear God forbidl
Myrna Loy Involved
Another young woman who thinks nothing of lend-
ing her name and her moral and financial support
to the enemies of the America which has made her
popular and wealthy, is Myrna Loy — but she resents
anybody who dares to expose that fact. Recently in
an address before the Woman's Club of Long Beach
1 did expose that fact. Her secretary very promptly
protested to the President of that Club. The next
day a representative of the Studio which made her
last picture called me up and asked me what I had
said about her. I repeated to him what I had said in
my address— and told him that if she desired to sue
nie she could do so, that I would welcome an oppor-
tunity to cross-examine any of the Stars I mention
In a Court of Law where perjury is a penitentiary
offense and a refusal to properly answer questions is
contempt of court and equally a Jail offense. And
this representative warned me that the Industry
would find a way to muzzle me without .nvolvlng
their stars In open suits.
And now t will tell you how our "gods of the Mo-
tion Picture Industry" punish those who have the
brazen audacity to try to protect America by expos-
ing the brilliant Communists In Hollywood.
A writer, who appeared before the Thomas Com-
mittee in Washington and named names was fired
and has not had a Job since. Another man, one of
the most famous names in the industry has been de-
prived of two picture assignments for which he had
been scheduled — for the same offense — for naming
enemleB of America! I will not at this time mention
the names of these good and loyal Americans — it
might mean more punishment Tor them by the gods
of the industry — but 1 am willing to give their names
—and more facts to the proper authorities If they will
guarantee to protect the people I name.
And now Just a word to Eric Johnson; Mr. Johnson,
you are so busy keeping the films moral and clean
of sex!- How about keeping them American and clean
of America's most vicious and mortal enemy: Com-
munism! It was these discoveries that finallv brought
me to a decision to re-open "Thieves Paradise."
At the next meeting of Club Presidents— and there
were more than 150 present — 1 told them that I
would re-open "Thieves Paradise" on one condition:
That they band together to absolutely clean all the
Reds out of the Studios and Broadcasting Stations.
My decision was greeted with cheers by all those
grand women — God bless them. "Give lib a plan I"
they all cried out. And I gave them the plan:
Challenge to Good Citizens
We would organize "Citizens United for A uteri-
can Principles/' We would enroll at least 75,000
women members. And then all the members of CUAP
would boycott any and all pictures in which any
Red actor appears, or Red writer writes, or Red di.
rector directs! And blacklist any theater in which
■ ucfl a picture Is shown! The same treatment to be
applied to the Broadcasting Stations. Once th is
movement has gained proper headway in Los Angeles
we would spread out into San Francisco, Denver,
Chicago, New York — into every city and village In
America. We will need no Congressional investiga-
tions — no laws that can be tied up with red tape by
unscrupulous lawyers — no futile debates In "town
hall meetings on the air."
Public opinion — and a dead box-office will very
quickly bring about a housecleaning by the Studio
heads, who value their dollar above the welfare and
safety of America,
The Enemy Pool
Furthermore, we don't care whether an individual
cannot be proved to be an outright Communist. As
far as we are concerned any man or woman who is
a feliow traveler, or belongs to a Red front organiza-
tion, or has supported Communism with financial or
moral support, a ta Charlie Chaplin, or has come out
In open support of the ten branded men who defied
the Parnell Thomas Investigation, or associates with
known Communists, openly or in secret, is just as
guilty of treason, and is just as much an enemy cf
America as any outright Communist. In fact, more
sol I have no fear of the known Communlstl It is
the rat who masquerades as a good American but
who secretly nourishes the Com ~> u -! ist's slimy cause,
who is our greatest menace. There are 175 million
Russians who do not belong to the Communist party,
but when and if we do have war with Russia, those
175 million Russians will be shooting at us just as
much as the three million Communists who rule them.
By the same token all these fellow travelers, pinks
and liberals who are supporting, aiding and abetting
with money and with cheers the outright Commies
who are working to destroy our country are just as
guilty as those Commies — and' the Citizens United
for American Principles will not stop to separate
them into their various slimy categories, but pool
them all as enemies of America and refuse to support
them with our patronage.
Now — here in my hand, I hold a list of names: some
of them are outright Reds who hold Communist mem-
bership cards under fictitious names, some are mem-
bars of Red front organizations, some are fallow
travelers, some :re merely poor fools who seek to
ingratiate themselves with the Comrades, by giving
them financial aid for moral support — as far as
CUAP Is concerned they are al! friends of Russia and
enemies of America— and every one of our members
hencefoith win refuse to see any picture — or hear any
broadcast which they write or in which they appear!
i*t feel slighted by the bill*
LARRY AOLER GARSON KANIN
LAUREN BACALL GEORGE KAUFMAN
JOAN BENNETT GENE KELLY
HERBERT J. BIBERMAN CANADA LEE
DEWITT BO DE EN
J. EOWARO BROM BERG
BENNY GO DM AN
8 EN HECHT
K ATM E R I N E HEPBURN
RING LARDNER, JR.
t ARRY PARK 1 ?
FDWARD C. ROBINCON
DOR E SCHARY
LIONEL STA N D c R
GALE SUN DEROARD
WIL' 'AM WYLFR
JANE W Y ATT
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